Government Help With Home Heaters

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Heating Repair & Replacement Grant.  The Heating Repair Replacement Program is a grant that provides aid to low and moderate-income homeowners who need to have their heating systems repaired or replaced.  This refers to the primary heating system repairs, water heaters, furnace replacement, etc.

Providing government grants for furnace replacement is one aspect of the government’s home weatherization program or LIHEAP.  In addition to assisting with repairs and providing new units, the Heating Repair & Replacement Program promotes energy conservation.  Energy-saving measures are performed on primary heating systems for low and moderate-income homeowners across the nation.

Applying for Heating Assistance During Covid-19

LIHEAP recipients should be aware that many in-person services have moved online for the protection of the public.  Contact your local office for any changes that have been made in the past 12 months of 2020.  Please use the online application process for applying for a heating repair replacement grant.   If you have a paper application, you can either mail it to the LIHEAP office or, if available, in a dropbox by your local office.  (apply here)

Heating Repair & Furnace Replacement Program

Participants in the HRPP program are typically also served under the federal government’s Weatherization program and can benefit from both services.  Conserving energy is a large part of the program as low-income families can save money on heating bills every year.   

Along with repairs of heating units would include wrapping water heaters, fixing leaks and regulation of thermostats, and energy conservation education.  HRPP and Home Weatherization Program both work as service givers.  Where one ends, the other may take over.   

You can also contact the Department of Social Services or your community action organization and Housing and Human Services Department to see if you qualify for LIHEAP assistance and a check once a year that goes towards heating and cooling costs.  This program is also open to disabled and elderly homeowners.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development distributes grants to local, state, and county municipalities.  Each year to these agencies distributed funds to qualified applicants as long as funding shall last.   Referrals and registration are required to receive help.

Am I Eligible for the Heating Repair & Replacement Program?

The Heating Repair Replace Program is offered as a last resort option. You can not receive a new heating system, just because your original one is old.  If it can be successfully repaired to run efficiently, they will do so.  This program also assists homeowners in hot weather states with cooling systems.   Depending on your gross family income, you may be required to pay for part of system replacement and repairs. 

You may qualify if you receive SSI, a disabled veteran, receive TANF, Disability, are low or moderate-income elderly. Contact the government agencies above, for a full list of qualifications for the program.  You may be eligible if:

  • You are over 60 years of age
  • Have someone in the family who is disabled
  • Families with children (in most states)

 Where to apply

There are several ways to register for a heating repair replacement grant —Call 2-1-1 to locate community action agencies near you.  You can also call the DSS and the Salvation Army to register or receive a referral for assistance.  Also, contact for your state and search Weatherization Program or LIHEAP for help.

For More Information

National Energy Assistance Referral Project Phone number – 866-674-6327

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Aerospace Building, 5th Floor West
370 L’Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20447

Phone Number: (202) 401-9351

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